vincent' story

thinking ahead to graduation

September 29, 2020

 

Dear friends of Wesley College,

I’m writing to tell you the story of Vincent, a Wesley College scholarship student who I spent time with last month. I’ve known his story since he joined the College a few years ago:

 

I knew that Vincent had been only 15 years old when his father passed away. He was the oldest sibling out of a family of five, and he immediately dropped out of high school and started shouldering the responsibility of taking care of his family. He worked as a fisherman, staying on the lake all night catching fish to support his family.

 

In about a year’s time he saved up enough money to buy a small piece of land and build a traditional house for his mother and siblings. He had no doubt that this was going to be his life. He certainly didn’t see a future of education.

 

But at the same time he was attending Igombe United Methodist Church, helping with singing and sometimes even leading worship. Through the church, he learned about Wesley College and that he might have a chance to finish high school there. He learned that he might even be able to go on and study to become a pastor.

 

Vincent’s interest was piqued, and it was scholarship support from people like you that ultimately made his studies possible.

 

Fast forward a few years, and Vincent is now working towards graduation from our Theology program.

 

And when I talked to him recently, there was something different about him. It was very clear that I was talking to a maturing young man. For the first time since I’ve known him, he mostly wanted to talk about his church family, their desire to build a church building, and his excitement to see the children’s ministry grow.

 

Clearly, the responsibility he  has always felt towards his family is now extended to his church and community. Vincent is thinking towards graduation and how he is going to build a house -- not just for his family -- but a place of worship for his church so they can have a spiritual home.

 

I am excited to see Vincent graduate and see how his Wesley College education will help him to be a different kind of home builder for years to come.It has been generous scholarship donors like you that helped make this all possible.

Blessings,

Eric Soard, Executive Director of Wesley College Foundation

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